OUR STORY

The Atlanta Workshop Players strive to educate, challenge, and inspire diverse young people through extraordinary theatrical productions and training, in a joyful, supportive, noncompetitive atmosphere.

Imagine a world where children are accepted and loved unconditionally where they discover their unique value and through the performing arts, use their talents to make a positive difference. This is “Art with a Purpose”. This is the heart of The Atlanta Workshop Players.

The Atlanta Workshop Players is a professional, nonprofit children’s theatre company created to promote, stimulate, and encourage interest in the performing arts. The performers have major film, television, & theatre credits and represent a variety of ages, ethnic groups, and backgrounds. They are providing positive role models for their peers. AWP’s motto is “Kids Changing the World, One Audience at a Time” and they really do.

The Atlanta Workshop Players Inc. has enjoyed increasing artistic success since being incorporated in 1981. Original, educational, and social issue musicals are produced and have reached over a million audience members. The response has been overwhelming. The shows are highly charged, musically driven, outrageous, innovative, and humorous. They have universal, social, educational, and environmental themes filled with audience participation and are contagious fun! The goal is to inspire the audiences by delivering important life-lessons through high-level entertainment.

AWP provides a professional performing outlet for many artists, as well as providing work for filmmakers, performers, choreographers, musicians, composers, theatrical directors, musical directors, costumers, and technicians.

Many AWP performers and instructors have extensive experience as Series Regulars and Recurring Characters on Network Television as well as Feature Films, Commercials, Cartoon Voice Overs, Radio, News Casting, and in leading roles on Broadway. AWP alumni also have successful careers as Film Producers, Casting Directors, Directors, Editors, Screen Writers, and Agents.

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TESTIMONIALS

AWP has been instrumental to my son’s success.  The love, encouragement, and unparalleled training has boosted his confidence level.  He has also booked numerous roles since he has started training here in August.  We love this place!

Lenie Grant

AWP Mom

Lynn Stallings has been a wonderful part of our acting community here for many years.  Her professional skills and teaching abilities have helped many actors become not just good, but great. I would like to highly recommend her. We stand behind everything she does.

Brian Beegle

Director of Casting

The team at AWP is professional and connected in the marketplace, a great group to train with. My own daughter attended AWP camp over a decade ago and we both still count it as one of the highlights of her youth.

Mystie Buice

Agency Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lynn Stallings

Lynn Stallings

Executive Director

Founder & Executive Director of The Atlanta Workshop Players – Lynn is a producer, director, casting consultant, on set acting coach and experienced talent manager in television and film.  She has performed in over 30 musicals and hundreds of commercials,…

Don Stallings

Don Stallings

Technical Director

Don has performed to critical acclaim in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the Southeast.  He is a popular commercial talent and has enjoyed guest appearances in television series such as”Zoe Ever After”, “Turn”, “Game of Silence”, “Savannah”, “In…

Dan Thurmon

Dan Thurmon

Motivational Speaker

Dan Thurmon is the President-Elect of the National Speakers Association, a renowned speaker, recognized expert in delivering peak performances – on stage and in the workplace, and the author of two books. As president of Motivation Works, Inc., he…

Shay Thurmon

Shay Thurmon

Screenwriter

Shay Thurmon is an award-winning entertainment producer, screenwriter, editor, playwright world traveler, adventurer, and humorist. She is an advocate for Children, Refugees, Recovering Addicts & Alzheimer’s Research. She is a living organ donor, army brat and ‘number five’ of…

Janice Givens

Janice Givens

Project Manager

Janice Givens, almost an Atlantan native, has been involved in youth and young adult ministry, large sporting event venue management (Olympics, Super Bowls and World Cups) and mission work both nationally and internationally for over 30 years.

Bing Zeng

Bing Zeng

Financial Consultant

Bing Zeng is an intercultural consultant who served as the President and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Chinese Professionals in Atlanta (ACP). The purpose of the ACP is to unite Chinese Professionals, serve our community,…

Tracey DePoalo

Tracey DePoalo

Analytics

A native of New Jersey, Tracey has now called Atlanta home for over 20 years. These days she lives in Chamblee with her son Brisco and her partner Dave. Brisco is a student at AWP and it was this…

Chris Wenk

Chris Wenk

Creative Producer

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Chris Wenk is an award-winning producer, cinematographer, editor, and storyteller. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Technical Communication and a minor in Film. Chris has worked…

INSTRUCTORS

Lynn Stallings

Lynn Stallings

Executive Director

Founder & Executive Director of The Atlanta Workshop Players – Lynn is a producer, director, casting consultant, on set acting coach and experienced talent manager in television and film.  She has performed in over 30 musicals and hundreds of commercials,…

Don Stallings

Don Stallings

Technical Director

Don has performed to critical acclaim in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the Southeast.  He is a popular commercial talent and has enjoyed guest appearances in television series such as”Zoe Ever After”, “Turn”, “Game of Silence”, “Savannah”, “In…

Ashlyn Stallings

Ashlyn Stallings

Actress & Dancer

Ashlyn Stallings has been performing the majority of her life, a shy young thing, she used to only perform if nobody was looking. Her first live cabaret at age 5 she made the entire audience close their eyes during her…

Dacia James-Lewis

Dacia James-Lewis

Choreographer

Dacia‘s dance career took off when she hit the Grammy stage with Kanye West in the performance of a lifetime. She began to saturate the dance scene in music award shows and commercials, working with multi-platinum and Grammy Award…

Ken Feinberg

Ken Feinberg

Casting Director & Producer

For almost ten years, Feinberg has been casting, producing, and training actors in Atlanta. In 2013, he was honored by the Georgia Industry and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry in Georgia. He…

KC Cherie-Giarrano

KC Cherie-Giarrano

Dancer & Singer

AWP is thrilled to have former Radio City Rockette, and AWP Alumni, KC Cherie on our staff. KC is a “Triple Threat” (dancer/actor/singer)  with a vast and varied career in the entertainment industry on stage and screen.  Credits include television commercials,…

Maria Willathgamuwa

Maria has performed in leading, supporting, and chorus roles in over 40 operas in seven languages ranging from Mozart to Verdi to contemporary Chinese composers.  In addition to singing opera, she has performed as Alto Soloist in concerts of…

Kristin Weber

Kristin Weber

Performer & Voice Instructor

Kristin Weber studied piano, voice, accordion, musical theater, and comedy for more than 15 years in both Dallas and Los Angeles. She has been seen in nationally touring musicals, commercials, festivals, showcases, and numerous regional musical theater productions. She…

Marquelle Kelley Young

Marquelle Kelley Young

Writer & Director

Marquelle (Kelley) Young began her journey impacting audiences as an Oratorical State and National Speech Champion before the age of 12. It was then that she also found her joy for theatre, and made her theatrical debut in the…

Carrie Anne Hunt

Originally from Columbia, SC, Carrie Anne started her career on stage. Her classical training has built a strong foundation for her current work in film and television. Carrie Anne first realized that she wanted to pursue a professional career…

Greyson Chadwick

Greyson Chadwick

Instructor

GREYSON CHADWICK is excited to be back in Atlanta after many years working as an Actor/ Producer in Los Angeles. She began her journey in the Arts at a young age, thanks to her Entertainer Mother! At 15, Greyson…

James Thomas

James Thomas

Actor & Dancer

James Thomas is an Actor/Dancer/Singer and Choreographer who has performed on     stage and screen from Atlanta to NYC.  He has played leading roles in shows such as:     A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors, Beneath…